The smile on 7-year-old Jayden Gohl’s face is irrefutable.
Proudly displayed on the Facebook pages of his parents, Tim and Lauren Gohl, are photographs of Jayden sitting in the driver’s seat and posing outside of Dr. Cool, the Detroit Radiator Corp.’s award-winning 18-wheeler.
(Photo courtesy of Detroit Radiator Corp.)
Tim Gohl and his 7-year-old son, Jayden pose with Dr. Cool, which is Detroit Radiator Corp.’s award-winning show truck during the Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show in September at St. Ignace, Mich.
Detroit Radiator Corp., which was recently honored with the 2015 Richard Crane Memorial Legend Award, played a role in allowing Jayden and his parents to ride in Dr. Cool during the 20th annual Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show’s Parade of Lights on Sept. 19 in St. Ignace, Mich.
Young Jayden, who suffers from incurable hydrocephalus and has already endured seven brain surgeries, served as the Junior Grand Marshal. The Richard Crane Memorial Foundation is working in the fight against hydrocephalus, which is a medical condition in which there is an abnormal production of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.
“It was a great day to be a part of,” Lauren Gohl wrote in the comments section of Detroit’s Premier Business Journal article about Detroit Radiator receiving the award. “Thank you everyone for this experience for my son, Jayden!”
While exhibiting at the show, Detroit Radiator’s Brian Miller, who is the driver of Dr. Cool, and Craig McClain, who is a national sales representative, invited the Gohls to ride in the award-winning show truck. Jayden, who is a truck enthusiast, and his family took part in the scenic convoy through St. Ignace and over the five-mile Mackinac Bridge and back.
Ryan Van Haitsma with V-Max Transportation joined Detroit Radiator in winning the 2015 award.
“Receiving the 2015 Richard Crane Memorial Legend Award is a real honor,” Detroit Radiator CEO Randy Pruitt said in a news release. “It’s a privilege for us to be included among some of the best companies in the trucking industry. Our team demonstrated that we are not only a company that excels at what we do but, more importantly, we are a company with good people.”
Jayden was diagnosed at 20 weeks gestation with severe hydrocephalus. In 2008, he was born five-and-a-half weeks premature. He weighed almost 7 pounds, but his head alone weighed more than 4. Only 10 percent of his brain tissue and 50 percent of his heart were formed.
Almost miraculously, Jayden’s heart fully formed overnight and his brain had completely formed by 2010. Now, he requires a surgically implanted ventricular-peritoneal shunt and attends several therapy sessions each week. Jayden will require additional brain surgeries throughout his life.
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